Every local community has a story, a history, and a unique personality that cannot be replicated. This is often thanks to specialized, small-scale businesses, like this one, which contribute to a neighborhood’s distinctive character and promote a thriving ecosystem in their community. Small, independent businesses offer diverse products and services, fostering economic resilience by removing the local economy’s dependence on a single industry. When you buy local, you build local, and deepen your connection to your own community.
As a result, patronizing a local business like this is an act of community building. Check out their website to learn more about the local experience you can discover today.
Did You Know?
- 48 cents of every dollar spent at a locally owned retail business goes back into the local community. That’s more than three times the amount that local economies recover from chain retailers — Civic Economics’ 2012 survey of local businesses
- Local businesses have generated 65% of the country’s net new jobs over the past 17 years — US Small Business Administration
Living Art Social
Craig Kindel and his team of artists are all working painters devoted to their craft. But that doesn't mean their art has to be serious all the time. In a number of local venues, including Ruth's Chris Del Mar and Red Marlin, they teach art classes curated by LivingArtSocial that are relaxed and fun forays into painting. Classes might revolve around recreating colorful classics by prolific artists such as Georgia O'Keefe or even original works by Kindel. Once things get swinging, each student sets up their provided materials in front of a blank canvas on a small easel before following along with step-by-step instructions to bring their works of art to life. Afterward, they take their finished pieces home to hang over the mantel or inside the fridge, where the whole family will see.